London: Alec Baldwin’s joke about the News of the World phone hacking scandal has been cut from the opening comedy segment of the Emmy Awards, which has reportedly left the actor fuming.
The pre-recorded sketch featured Baldwin making fun of Rupert Murdoch and the News of the World scandal, according to entertainment industry website Deadline.
Baldwin, playing a fictional television executive, was shown having a conversation on the phone and then telling Mr Murdoch to stop listening in.
Fox decided to cut the gag and re-recorded the segment with “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy, and without the joke.
Baldwin confirmed that version of events on Twitter.
“Fox did kill my News Corp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
On Thursday he had tweeted: “I did a short Emmy pretape a few days ago. Now they tell me News Corp may cut the funniest line.”
Fox said the joke was dropped because it was inappropriate to make light of an issue being taken very seriously by the company, not because of the personal reference to Mr Murdoch.